A group of Jewish genealogists want to give the study of the Jewish past a brighter future. The genealogists recently announced the formation of the International Institute of Jewish Genealogy, to be housed in the Jewish National and University Library of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Although still in an early stage of development, the institute's board expects the institute to become a major force in the world of Jewish genealogy within five years -- a leading international research center that will work cooperatively with existing facilities like Texas' JewishGen, the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel, and the New York-based Center for Jewish History.
"We want to lift Jewish genealogy to new heights," said its founding director, Yosef Lamdan. "To put it into the general framework of Jewish studies at a university level."
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